Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Newport Street Scene

Newport, RI  2017

I apologize for not posting anything for the last week.  I have been fighting a chest cold, and I'm still not quite over it.  That along with weekend commitments and some nasty weather have kept me from getting out to photograph.  Hopefully I'll get back to a regular schedule soon.  I'll leave you with this final scene from Newport.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Perry Monument

Newport, RI  2017

The city of Newport has had a longstanding  relationship with the US Navy,  which to this day still has a major presence in the city.  The "Hero of Lake Erie", Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, was born in nearby South Kingston, RI and lived in Newport for a brief period of time, not far from where this monument stands.  This monument was dedicated on the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, during which Perry lead American forces to a decisive victory against the British that served as turning point of the War of 1812.  His success as a navel commander was short lived, however.  He was stricken with Yellow Fever while in South America and died in 1819 at the age of 34.  He is buried in Island Cemetery, Newport, RI.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vernon House

Newport, RI  2017

You can hardly walk a block in Newport without passing a National Historic Landmark.  Fortunately there is a very active restoration foundation in Newport which overlooks many of these landmarks.  The Vernon House was built about 1758 and once served as headquarters for General Count De Rochambeau, commander of the French Allied Forces during the American Revolution.  George Washington is said to have stayed here in 1781 and perhaps discussed strategy with Rochambeau.